Facebook and Google Data Dispute Heats-Up

The feud between Google and Facebook has not finished yet. The argument is over data portability and contracts which Facebook had found a way to get past the restriction.

It wasn’t long after Google changed their terms of service for users wanting to export Gmail contact information, that Facebook had worked out a way around the restrictions. According to cnet it was noticed that the social networking giant had added a “find your friends” button, that allows Gmail users to download their contacts via a CSV file, then automatically add that file to Facebook.

Google was not pleased with this and issued an statement regarding Facebook’s actions. It said “We’re disappointed that Facebook didn’t invest their time in making it possible for their users to get their contacts out of Facebook. As passionate believers that people should be able to control the data they create, we will continue to allow our users to export their Google contacts.”

All this comes down to is whether or not Facebook users should be able to transfer their information from the social network. Although Facebook users can export photos, they are unable to do the same with a list of friends and contact data. Google however use data portability as a major part of their manifesto. Facebook has a problem with this as their users do not give permission to their friends to use the information outside of the site.

So Google wants Facebook to become more open to data, whereas Facebook would rather keep the information to itself to make Facebook users stay on the site. They would rather have outside companies and advertisers having to enter into Facebook to advertise their wares. Tell us what you think about the exporting of data outside of your Facebook page, do you see any issues that may be raised? To find out more log onto cnet.

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